(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- Once they made the few adjustments they needed, the Scott City Rams took care of the Oran Lady Eagles on Wednesday night in a 53-38 victory at the Lady Devils Invitational Tournament at Chaffee High School.
The Lady Rams came out on fire in the first quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers from Stephanie Essner and Katie Hogan. That six-point lead did not hold for very long as Oran came back to tie the game at six points apiece.
"We came out slow but I think it was more of a compliment to Oran than it was for us doing bad things," Scott City head coach Kerry Thompson said. "Oran's a good ball club. They move the ball well. They guard well. They are going to get better and better and are going to be a tough opponent."
After Oran's Cheyanne King tied the game at six, Scott City went on an 11-2 run that carried into the second quarter. Scott City held a 12-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter and a 28-18 lead at the half.
Oran, however, had a tough time hanging on to the ball while facing the aggressive defense of the Lady Rams. Oran committed 20 turnovers which included 11 steals from Scott City.
"I thought we got out-worked a little bit tonight," Oran head coach Adam Friga said. "We just did not take care of the basketball. We were very sloppy in transition."
Those miscues limited any chance for the Lady Eagles to get into any offensive rhythm. After falling to a deficit of 10 points at the half, Oran put up just six points in the third quarter.
"We got a little stagnant," said Friga. "We got to learn how to attack the zone instead of playing pitch and catch sometimes. We get a little too complacent and don't want to take shots. It'll happen but we got to work on that."
King led Oran with 10 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Irwin added nine points while Abbey Anderson chipped in with eight.
Essner and Hogan combined for 33 points on the night. Essner, who also had five rebounds, led the tandem with 17 and Hogan added 16 points and 11 rebounds. They both showed their range with five total 3-pointers as well. Essner hit three while Hogan had two.
Even with the likes of those two leading Scott City, Thompson was very impressed with the way others on the floor began to contribute more. Which makes Essner and Hogan that much more dangerous.
"We're more than just Katie and Stephanie. They're good and you've got to have them, but our other players are starting to score, rebound and do other things. It makes it tough for teams to just key on those two," Thompson said.
Melanie Lacey and Ashley Brant added 10 and eight respectively. They each pulled down seven rebounds apiece as well.
With their win over Oran, the Lady Rams advanced to the championship game which will be played on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. They will play the winner of the Delta-Kelly game while Oran will get the loser of that same game in the third place game at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
ORAN (38) -- Abbey Anderson 8, Claire Seyer 2, Shelby Unger 4, Haley Glastetter 5, Taylor Irwin 9, Cheyanne King 10. FG 17, FT 2-9, F 11. (3-pointers: Irwin 2. Fouled out: none)
SCOTT CITY (53) -- Stacey Heisserer 2, Stephanie Essner 17, Katie Hogan 16, Melanie Lacey 10, Ashley Brant 8. FG 20, FT 8-14, F 9. (3-pointers: Essner 3, Hogan 2. Fouled out: none).
Kelly 47, Woodland 45
The Kelly Lady Hawks escaped with a first round win against the Woodland Lady Cardinals with a 47-45 final.
"Woodland is a very good basketball team," Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter said. "We knew it was going to be a tough basketball game and I'm just proud our girls were able to come out with a positive attitude."
After a layin by Woodland's Becky Brannon tied the game at 43 points apiece, Kelly's Londyn Backfisch drove in for a layup of her own to give the Lady Hawks the two-point lead with just under a minute left in regulation.
With a chance to tie the game again, Woodland drove the ball downcourt and was looking for any opportunity to score. However, a defensive stop in the form of a five second call against the Lady Cardinals gave the ball back to Kelly. Backfisch was fouled soon after the inbounds and sank both free throws to seal the win.
"I'm happy that our girls were able to close it out in the end," McQuerter said. "We like to stress defense, that's our main thing. But, you can't stress defense without a positive attitude. You have to have a good attitude. We don't care what the score was. Just play hard."
Kristen Powell led the Lady Hawks with 12 points while Backfisch added 11.
The No 3 seeded Kelly will face off against the No. 2 seed Delta tonight at 7:30 p.m. for a chance to move into the title game against Scott City.
WOODLAND (45) -- Kaitlin McCormick 8, Taylor Steckman 9, Ashley Acup 6, Sarah Lincoln 6, Kayla Acup 8, Becky Brannon 8. FG 17, FT 10-20, F 13. (3-pointers: Steckman 1. Fouled out: none).
KELLY (47) -- Londyn Backfisch 11, Carissa Klipfel 7, Neely Tetley 3, Kayla Hicks 8, Ellen Ashcraft 2, Samantha Fisher 4, Kristen Powell 12. FG 18, FT 11-15, F 17. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).
East Prairie 73, Chaffee 28
The East Prairie Lady Eagles made short work of the host team Lady Devils in a 73-28 rout.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 23-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and kept pouring it on in the second as they held a 45-16 lead at the half.
Rianon Thresher led East Prairie with 22 points while Jennifer Nicholson was right behind with 21. Grace Swann added 15 as well.
Chaffee's Hannah Bedwell led her squad with eight points. Aidrienne Eichhorn had five while Anna Ayers added four.
East Prairie moved into the finals of the consolation bracket and will be awaiting the winner of the Sikeston-Woodland match-up which will be played tonight at 6 p.m.
EAST PRAIRIE (73) -- Mandy Knupp 6, Lydia Chance 2, Lauren Watson 1, Skyler Archie 5, Rianon Thresher 22, Grace Swann 15, Jennifer Nicholson 21. FG 27, FT 13-25, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).
CHAFFEE (28) -- Randi Wiley 2, Aidrienne Eichhorn 5, Taylor Kirchdoerfer 3, Anna Ayers 4, Elizabeth Schlosser 2, Sierra Miller 3, Hannah Bedwell 8, Hailey Enderle 1. FG 10, FT 13-25, F 13. (3-pointers: Bedwell 2, Eichhorn 1, Kirchdoerfer 1. Fouled out: none).